Minor league baseball players file suit against major league employers

Unless involved in an independent league, minor league baseball players on teams across the country are employed by major league organizations.

A group of three players on lesser-known teams that populate stadiums in small- and medium-sized municipalities have filed a lawsuit over time and attendance issues, naming their parent teams, a major league executive and the major league umbrella organization as defendants. The players allege that their total compensation for a given season, as calculated on an hourly basis, falls under the federal and state required minimums and doesn't take overtime pay into consideration, according to Sports Illustrated.

Although there are a number of unique situations with respect to those employed as minor league baseball players - such as exemption from antitrust laws due to congressional legislation - they are still required to be paid according to the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The plaintiffs claim that their wages don't cover the basic wage and overtime requirements of the FLSA due to the long hours put in during practice, instructional leagues, spring training and during games. They stated in their suit that an average minor league baseball workweek can involve 60 to 70 hours of job-related duties.


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